LATIN AMERICA

Second round of municipal elections confirms Brazil’s sharp turn to the right

The defeat of the Workers Party in these latest polls marks a new phase in the political life of the country

CRISIS IN VENEZUELA

Maduro administration frees four political prisoners

Release comes a day after the Venezuelan president and opposition begin talks

ENVIRONMENT

Southern Spain facing desertification if CO<sup>2</sup> emissions not brought down

New report suggests that the Mediterranean basin will face massive changes in just a lifetime

WORLD HERITAGE

Age of Segovia aqueduct revised after discovery of ancient coin

City council orders reprint of tourist brochures to reflect the new construction date

US ELECTIONS

Why Donald Trump’s ‘Great Wall of Mexico’ is already a reality

Large sections of the US-Mexico border are divided by a three-meter-high barrier

TOURISM

Blame it on the sunshine: Spain breaks summer tourism records

Brits don’t appear to be staying away because of Brexit but number of business trips down

SPANISH POLITICS

Rajoy becomes Spain’s new PM after a 10-month stalemate

But a crowd of 6,000 protested the new “illegitimate government” outside Congress in Madrid

ARCHITECTURE

What mysteries lie behind Salamanca university’s famous facade?

Damage caused by rain, wind and pigeons has complicated restoration of iconic building